Buy American Automobiles

>> Tuesday, March 31, 2009

I Received a couple comments about my last post. Apparently I struck some raw nerves when I said some American consumers believe its ok to buy foreign cars instead of buying American cars and supporting the American workers. One comment was to long and went on to bash Obama, so I'm going to reject that one. If you want to bash Obama, do it in your own blog. The other post I think I'll accept, just so my readers can see why some people think it's ok to buy foreign cars.

To The Natural State Hawg who says that him and his wife own two Toyotas that were built here in the USA by American labor. I've heard the same lame excuse from other Toyota owners. Do you know where the profits from those Toyotas go after you buy them? They go straight to Japan, which helps their economy. Who are you supporting? Japan. That's where your hard earn cash is going, instead of stimulating our economy, you're stimulating Japan's economy. The reason Toyota is cheaper than a comparable US made car is because of unfair trade practices by Japan and the fact that Japan artificially devalues their yen so that they can sell their exports cheaper. Another reason is Toyota has only been making a big amount of cars for maybe 20 years, so they don't have a whole lot of retiree pensions to pay out. Another myth is American made cars are overpriced garbage. Where have you been the last 10 years? If you bother to go and test drive a few of the new American made cars by GM, Ford or Chrysler (I don't know about the Pacifica, I never cared for that model), you'll find out that our cars are at least as good, if not better than the new Toyotas selling today. BUY AMERICAN, no more excuses.


babygirl March 31, 2009 at 9:15 PM  

you should know that its so obvious that the ones who disagree dont do there homework, there more the he say she say type. people if your are going to argue your point do your homework you cant win a point when the person you are trying to argue a point knows more then you.hello
i so agree with you 100&.buy american

leigh3676 April 1, 2009 at 5:01 AM  

But sometimes it's got to be about what's best for your family, we pick our vehicles on that criteria only, usually because of price/value. We own a subaru, a chevy a dodge, and the bikes are hondas.

Christopher M April 1, 2009 at 9:43 AM  

I am like Leigh3676... The car you buy, comes down to a couple things.. The features it has that you need or want / the Price and gas milage it gets and the size to make sure your whole family can fit in it.. Who cares about Label and what country its from and that "you suck for picking something not American". I mean it comes down to you know everything I said above.

I mean we've always had a FORD but Guess what? My mother just bought a KIA, YES a Kia about a week ago and she loves her Sportage. We still have the Ford van with 111 thousand miles on it ( its a 2003 ) but its almost paid off. So they kept it too.

I guess in the end it comes down to what you need/ want

-- Christopher

Bob April 1, 2009 at 9:57 AM  

Leigh3676, you're right, but at least you're not against American cars completely, like some Toyota owners we know. Thanks for commenting.

Bob April 1, 2009 at 11:35 AM  

Christopher M.. First of all I never said "you suck for picking something not American", please don't put words in mouth. I care about what country it comes from even if you don't. It's ok with me if you buy a foreign car one time and then decide to buy an American car the next. What bothers me are those people who are strictly anti-American car. If you're are one of those people, than you really do suck and you can quote me on that.

Hi! I'm Grace April 2, 2009 at 3:54 PM  

I have a friend who is working in GM, I know his struggles, that's why I would prefer to buy a car from them. Someday... :)

Mea Culpa Bath and Body April 3, 2009 at 12:28 PM  

My husband works for Ford at Flat Rock and they are hanging by a hair. Its so sad to see this happening to the country that INVENTED cars! I came in the States 10 years ago from Europe. At the beginning I was loyal to the europeans and didnt want to hear a word about driving an american car....but I have come to realize that as the years go by, you just have to support the place where you live! You hardly ever see an american car in Europe...hmmmmm....wonder why *roll eyes*

Wake up people and buy american!

Bob April 3, 2009 at 12:42 PM  

To Mea Culpa Bath and Body, One reason you don't see American cars in Europe is they are loyal to their domestic automakers, unlike a lot of people here in the US. What about California and Texas? What's their excuse? Affordability I think. Going to California, you think your in Japan because most cars their are from Japan. Thanks for Buying an American auto.

Maxi April 4, 2009 at 6:45 AM  

hmm. i have no say to this one actually because i can't drive!

anyway, i still believe in what they say, support your country's own product. who else will help the country but the citizens themselves!

have a great day! just dropping by here to visit you...

maxi of

Bob April 4, 2009 at 8:58 AM  

Thanks Maxi

Laurie April 4, 2009 at 11:50 PM  

I've only owned three cars: a Chevy, a Ford, and a Chrysler. That is probably due to my parents. :)

I hope you will come visit me and enter my iPod giveaway in support of my breast cancer fundraiser.

Mea Culpa Bath and Body April 8, 2009 at 7:25 AM  

Yeap, everywhere I hear the excuse that the foreign cars are more affordable and better in quality. The quality thing might have been true 20 years ago, but not so much anymore. American vehicles are built very good. The other grudge is the Unions. It feels to me more as if they are jealous at the workers being paid good and being taken care of for life after they retire. Instead of starting to fight so everyone can have those benefits - they fight so everyone will NOT have any benefits! Totally confusing mentality

Bob April 8, 2009 at 12:29 PM  

To Mea Culpa,excellent point. The ones that complain are jealous of the union benefits we get. If they saw how hard us auto workers work, they would see why they deserve decent pay and benefits. We aren't getting rich, we're just making enough money to buy a decent home and car and provide for our families. Is that too much to ask? or should we get paid minumum wage and live in poverty like so many others are doing? If it was not for the unions fighting for workers pay and benefits, everyone's wages would be a lot lower, even non-union workers because non-union employers pay their employees competing wages with union workers so that they can keep the unions out of their company.

MizĂ© April 9, 2009 at 5:27 PM  

I read your post and found it very interesting.
I´ve had Fords for a long time, I now have my 5th.
I keep loyal to Fords because they´re reliable and durable compared to other brands with similar prices. Fords always have more extras than other brands.
I wouldn´t mind buying another Ford despites I´m supporting US economy instead of my own, Portuguese. I just wish we had the models you have there.
Although my country builds cars we don´t have any good brand of our own, a shame :)
Good Easter Holidays

Christopher M April 16, 2009 at 11:58 AM  

BOB: Oh sorry, I just miss read what you said....

Actually no, were not that way, we have a 2003 Ford Windstar, and a 2008 ( JUST BOUGHT ) Kia Sportage

So we have an AMERICAN and a Korean car

-- Christopher

Bob April 16, 2009 at 2:15 PM  

OK Christopher M, thanks for your comment and thanks for buying American.

Benjamin J Burr April 19, 2009 at 11:43 PM  

Since the auto companies are receiving tax dollar bailouts, I guess it doesn't matter what car I buy anymore. They're still getting my money. Trying to guilt someone into buying your product isn't the best marketing. Thomas Friedman from the New York Times hit then nail on the head. He said that American car makers can make cars that people want or need. But, they can't make cars that people just can't live without. He then compared the auto industry to Apple computers. Apple makes a product that people have to have.

Bob April 20, 2009 at 8:51 AM  

It does matter what car you buy if you want to help the company your money is invested in and you want to get paid back. Nobody is trying to guilt you into anything. If you want to be loyal to the American industry, buy American. If not, then be a Republican who doesn't give a damn. By the way I never owned an Apple product, I guess it's something I don't have to have and who the hell cares what Thomas Friedman said? Can't you think for yourself? Or do your thoughts need the approval of others.

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